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... that tourism is seen as an economic driving force for positive change and a better future. We certainly hope so, for the sake of all of the friendly, happy children we see everywhere.
Our final animal encounter is with the primates in Kibale National Forest. We spend a half day there in the company of vervet, colubus and red tail monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees. Mostly we are there for the chimps. Our closest cousins in the animal world, we share 98% of their DNA. Hard ...
Situated on Uganda's western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the legendary Rwenzori Mountains made for an arduous, demanding trek. Dotted with numerous snow-covered mountains, we opted to tackle the highest peak of the range, Margherita, sitting at 5,109 metres. Over a nine-day period, we experienced a grueling mix of undulating terrain that included mud-ridden bogs, streams, waterfalls and a steep ascent across glaciers.
Day 1 - Trek to ...
Today was a travel day. We left after a later breakfast (and slow moving due to aching muscles from yesterday's grueling hike) and headed to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Along the way we visited the Rwenzori Founders Art Centre, Sculpture Gallery and Coffee Bar. Here is a description from their facebook page:
"Located in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, the centre is just off the ...
It started raining and the clay trail with ruts turned into a river with slick mud. The traction on the hiking boots was covered with mud and so walking became like skating down the hills. Walking poles really didn't help either. After falling a few times, I sat down and slid down the hills. It was at least fun and I think I amused many local people who saw me sliding down the mountain, my hiking pants all covered in orange mud!
... with the support for his schooling.
Moses did finish high school and went on to take college courses in tourism and guiding.
He is now sponsoring a young person himself!
The other interesting thing about his life is when you want to marry, the man must pay a dowry to the woman's father. The currency is cows and the price is 5. Moses embarrassingly told us he has never been able to save that ...